DePAW believes there is no “one size fits all” approach to training.
This is why we offer a variety of programs and training approaches to suit any dog/owner team. Regardless of your goals, your dog’s age or your background, we have a program and training method that can help you and your dog.


GROUP CLASSES


Puppy Pre-School

Duration: 4 weeks, 1 hours class = 45 minute training + required 15 minute Class Social
Cost: $140

Description: Learn all about your new puppy!  Build a relationship and a great foundation for a bright future.  This class will discuss common puppy issues including but not limited to: potty training, crate training, mouthing, and jumping.  We will also help to get your puppy well socialized with other dogs and people.  We will help your puppy build confidence and skills that will help them be a well-adjusted and functioning member of your family!

2020 Dates & Times:
  • Saturday January 11th – February 8th  (no class January 20th)
  • Saturday February 15th – March 7th
  • Tuesday April 14th – May 12th (no class April 27th)
  • Wednesday July 15th – August 5th

Prerequisite: Open to puppies under 6 months of age
Instructor:
Class Limit: 10 puppies


Grrowl Class

Duration: 4 weeks, 1 hour class
Cost: $200

Description: This course is for dogs that may need a little more than what the traditional obedience class can offer. If your dog is fearful or reactive to people or other dogs this class may be your first step. If your pooch is lashing out it may be due to frustration, an over abundance of energy or anxiety. Whatever the case, we can help! We will help to get your dog more adjusted and make better choices on their own when they feel stressed or frustrated. We want to help your dog get through those difficult situations by turning to you for advice and reassurance rather than taking things into their own paws.

This class is also very helpful with dogs that want extra practice working on obedience and decision-making in real life environments and heavy distractions.

2020 Dates & Times:
  • Tuesday February 4th – February 25th at 7:30 PM
  • Monday June 1st – June 22nd at 7:30 PM
  • Monday October 19th – November 9th

Prerequisite: Evaluation during a Meet & Greet with a Trainer and a Private Lesson Prior to class starting.
Instructor:
Class Limit: 5 Dogs


Beginner Obedience – Level 1

Duration: 3 weeks, 1 hour class + optional 15 minute Class Social
Cost: $100

Description: Absorb the foundations of how dogs learn and behave.  If you understand these key principles, you can accomplish so much together!  You will learn when and how to reward your dog for behaviors you like and when and how to stop the ones you don’t.  Dogs will learn the most important obedience commands: Sit, Stay, and Recall, as well as some foundations for loose leash walking.

2020 Dates & Times:
  • Monday January 6th – January 20th at 7:30 PM (No Class January 20th)
  • Wednesday March 4th – March 18th at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday May 2nd – May 16th
  • Monday July 13th – July 27th
  • Wednesday November 4th – November 18th

Prerequisite: Dogs should be at least 4 month at their first class
Instructor:
Class Limit: 10 Dogs


Note for All 4 Obedience Classes: $15 Drop In rate to join the “Growwl Class” to get a little extra help and practice. Trainer pre=approval – as we have class limits to maintain.


Beginner Obedience – Level 2

Duration: 3 weeks, 1 hour class + optional 15 minute Class Social
Cost: $100

Description: This class builds on the skills learned in the Beginners Obedience – Level 1 class; sit, stay, recall, and now adding the “down” command. We will work on increasing your dogs’ focus and continue to improve their skills by increasing difficulty and getting more real life experience opportunities with these behaviors all wrapped up into fun learning games!

2020 Dates & Times:
  • Monday February 3rd – February 17th at 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday April 1st – April 15th at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday June 6th – June 20th
  • Monday August 10th – August 24th
  • Wednesday December 3rd – December 16th

Prerequisite: Completed & Passed the Beginner Obedience – Level 1 Class
Instructor:
Class Limit: 10 Dogs


Note for All 4 Obedience Classes: $15 Drop In rate to join the “Growwl Class” to get a little extra help and practice. Trainer pre=approval – as we have class limits to maintain.


Intermediate Obedience – Level 1

Duration: 3 weeks, 1 hour class + optional 15 minute Class Social
Cost: $100

Description: Learn more about what makes your dog tick! This class will focus on getting your dog to be more biologically fulfilled. Happy dogs are good dogs. Learning how to give your dog the things they desire most in an appropriate way will build an unbreakable bond between you two! Dogs will learn some additional behaviors to help them be more socially responsible and learn to make good choices on their own without needing to be micromanaged.

2020 Dates & Times:
  • Monday March 2nd – March 16th at 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday May 6th – May 20th at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday July 11th – July 25th
  • Wednesday September 2nd – September 16th

Prerequisite: Completed & Passed the Beginner Obedience – Level 2 Class
Instructor:
Class Limit: 10 Dogs


Note for All 4 Obedience Classes: $15 Drop In rate to join the “Growwl Class” to get a little extra help and practice. Trainer pre=approval – as we have class limits to maintain.


Intermediate Obedience – Level 2

Duration: 3 weeks, 1 hour class + optional 15 minute Class Social
Cost: $100

Description: This class develops more formal obedience skills by increasing duration, distance and accuracy. Promote higher levels of response under increased distractions. Real life experience minus the restriction of obedience. If you want to be the person who’s dog is welcome everywhere, this class will get you there!

2020 Dates & Times:
  • Monday April 6th – April 20th at 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday June 10th – June 24th at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday August 15th – August 29th
  • Wednesday October 7th – October 21st

Prerequisite: Completed & Passed the Intermediate Obedience – Level 1 Class
Instructor:
Class Limit: 10 Dogs


Note for All 4 Obedience Classes: $15 Drop In rate to join the “Growwl Class” to get a little extra help and practice. Trainer pre=approval – as we have class limits to maintain.


Advanced Obedience

On going: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Duration: Drop In Class, one hour per class
Cost: $15 per class, per dog

Description: Are you ready to keep the education going to benefit a healthy mind and strengthen you and your dog’s relationship through the years? Get out of the house and enjoy this drop in, pay as you go class! This class will sometimes go offsite. Arriving on time is important. Every week is unique, year-round. Everyone in class may be at different levels. Practice what you learned in previous training sessions working towards your individual goals in a fun environment. Increased unexpected life distractions, noises, distance commands, hand commands, tricks, long stays, living every day life in public, working towards your end goal of being off leash. Your dog can learn to be in social situations with humans as calm, well behaved canine citizens. This is an excellent continuing education class and we’ll help set a good example to promote acceptance of dogs in more public settings. Offsite locations: vet’s office, dog friendly stores, local festivals and events, etc.

2020 Dates & Times:
  • Saturday April 18th
  • Sunday May 3rd at 10:00 AM
  • Sunday May 17th
  • Sunday June 7th at 10:00 AM
  • Sunday June 21st

Prerequisite: Trainers Approval or Test in. Typically clients enroll after passing the Intermediate Obedience – Level 2 Class
Instructor:
Class Limit: No Set Limit


Pack Walks

Spring, Summer & Fall
Duration: Drop in Class.  Walks vary between 40 and 90 minutes. NO Social Play Times for these walks.
Cost: $5 per walk suggested donation

Description: Meet other like-minded dog owners and build up a community!  Help your dog learn to socialize appropriately with other dogs on leash, while walking through various forest preserves, (local) downtown areas, sometimes in higher traffic areas, etc.  Group movement helps many dogs that are otherwise fearful or have troubles on leash too. All personalities welcome to join the fun.

2020 Dates & Times:
  • Sunday April 26th at 10:00 AM
  • Saturday May 16th at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday May 30th
  • Saturday June 13th at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday June 27th
  • Saturday July 18th

Prerequisite: Completed & Passed the Intermediate Obedience – Level 1 Class or with a Trainer’s written approval to accept: a) Beginners Obedience – Level 1 graduates or b) the trainer’s discretion after a Meet & Greet or a drop off evaluation.
Instructor:
Class Limit: No Set Limit


Intro to Agility

Duration: 3 weeks, 1 hour session per week.
Cost: $130

Description: Whether or not you have been interested in Agility in the past, get out, have a good time and exercise with your pet! This course will cover a few specific obstacles and move at a slow pace for those just starting. This course is universal and good for those who want to test the water, enjoy fun exercise with their dog, scheduled bonding time, and for those who can use this as a stepping stone if you want to take it further. Agility is an authentic trust-building experience. Come have fun with your dog learning equipment such as: jumps, tunnel, level 1 a-frame, level 1 teeter, level 1 weave poles.

2020 Dates & Times:
  • Sunday February 16th – March 1st at 1:00 PM
  • Sunday April 19th – May 3rd at 3:00 PM
  • Sunday July 12th – July 26th
  • October 18th – November 1st

Prerequisite: Completed & Passed the Beginner Obedience – Level 1 Class
Instructor:
Class Limit: 6 Dogs


Beginning Agility – Level 1

Duration: 3 weeks, 1 hour session per week.
Cost: $130

Description: Beginning Agility – L1 is for those who really enjoyed or excelled in our Intro to Agility course. This class will get a little more intense by increasing the difficulty and refinement of obstacles taught in the Intro class, learning new equipment and adding some agility handling techniques.  Obstacles covered: jumps, level 2 tunnel, level 1 dog walk, level 2 a-frame, level 2 teeter, level 2 weave poles.

2020 Dates & Times:
  • Sunday April 19th – May 3rd at 1:00 PM
  • Sunday May 31st – Jun 14th at 3:00 PM
  • Sunday October 18th – November 1st

Prerequisite: Completed & Passed the Beginner Obedience – Level 1 Class and Intro to Agility or Trainer’s written preapproval.
Instructor:
Class Limit: 6 Dogs


Beginning Agility – Level 2

Duration: 3 weeks, 1 hour session per week.
Cost: $130

Description: This class is for those looking to expand their Agility skills and potentially move on to competitions in the future or you like the bond it creates and enjoy the challenges.  Here we’ll test your skills with a new obstacle, continued refining movement, increasing speed, adding increased distractions while in progress, and increase distance. Obstacles covered: level 3 tunnel, level 2 jumps, level 3 a-frame, level 3 weave poles, level 2 dog walk.

2020 Dates & Times:
  • Sunday May 31st – June 14th at 1:00 PM
  • Sunday July 12th – July 26th

Prerequisite: Completed & Passed the Beginner Obedience – Level 1 Class and Beginning Agility – Level 1 or Trainer’s written preapproval.
Instructor:
Class Limit: 6 Dogs


Open Agility (and Balance) Class

On Going: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Duration: Drop in Class, one hour session
Cost: $15 per class, per dog

Description: No agility equipment at home?  No problem!  Come to our drop in class with an open gym style format to get some extra practice in on those obstacles that are giving you a hard time or that you are looking to perfect.  An instructor will be on sight to assist.  If applicable, a small course will be set up to run.

2020 Dates & Times:
  • Sunday February 16th at 2:00 PM
  • Sunday February 23 at 2:00 PM
  • Sunday March 1st at 2:00 PM
  • Sunday April 19th at 2:00 PM
  • Sunday April 26th at 2:00 PM
  • Sunday May 3rd at 2:00 PM
  • Sunday May 31st at 2:00 PM
  • Sunday June 7th at 2:00 PM
  • Sunday June 14th at 2:00 PM

Prerequisite: Completed & Passed the Beginner Obedience – Level 2 Class and Beginning Agility – Level 1 or Trainer’s written preapproval
Instructor:
Class Limit: No Set Limit, First Come-First Serve


One-on-One Programs


Stay & Train

$1,850 Two Weeks: Includes Lodging, Daycare/Socialization (as applies), Training, and two private lessons: One private lesson at the end of week #1 and one check out lesson at departure.

$2,700 Three Weeks: Includes Lodging, Daycare/Socialization (as applies), Training, and three private lessons: One private lesson at the end of week #1, one at the end of week #2 and one checkout lesson at departure.

$995 per week Add On: Includes an additional 5 training days; 6 Lodging and Daycare/Socialization days (as it applies); and one private lesson at time of checkout upon departure.

Description: Every dog is unique, which means they learn and progress differently. The Stay & Train programs allow the trainer to work one-on-one at the dogs pace to customize their training, While they stay overnight they’re strategically socialized with other people, dogs in daycare (if applicable) and experience different environments. For first time obedience students we always begin training on leash.

Because each dog comes with their own wish list and pace of learning. We do offer “Add On Weeks” to the Stay & Train for those that may need a little more time reaching their goals. For example, one dog may take two weeks to finish on leash heel, sit, down, come, stay, relax, and behave in social environments. Another dog it may take 3 weeks. If you add in behavioral issues it could take 4 weeks.

Prerequisite: Meet & Greet
Instructor: By Request or First Available

2020 Dates & Times:

By Reservations


Play & Train

$95 A-la-cart
$495 Five (5) Pack + 1 Private Lesson (2 month expiration)
$995 Ten (10) Pack + 2 Private Lessons (3 month expiration)

Description: Play & Train is a great option for people who are on the go, want doggie fun, need exercise and expect quality training for their dog. A great training time saver in the long run! Drop your dog off in the morning and pick him up in the evening. We’ll take care of the rest. Dogs are rotated between doggie daycare (when applicable) and training.
There is expiration dates from the time of purchase on both the 5 Pack and 10 Pack. All appointments must be scheduled at time of purchase. Reservations are required along with hard start and stop times.

Mon-Fri: Drop-offs 6am-9am and pickups 5pm-7pm
Sat: Drop-offs 8am-9am and pick-ups 4pm-5pm

(Drop-off & Pick-up times are mandatory unless otherwise prescheduled with the trainer.)
Prerequisite: Meet & Greet
Instructor: By Request or First Available

2020 Dates & Times:

By Appointment


Private Lessons

$85 A-la-cart
$400 Five (5) Pack (2 month expiration)
$750 Ten (10) Pack (3 month expiration)
$125 Offsite Lesson A-la-cart Only + Travel

Description: During these one-on-one customized lessons, our trainer will come up with an overall game plan for your dog and desired results. From here the trainer will instruct you on how to create desired behavior in your dog while discouraging unwanted behavior. Tips for you to practice at home and/or in multiple environments and distractions. All Private Lessons are onsite. Off-site is available for additional cost.

There is expiration dates from the time of purchase on both the 5 Pack and 10 Pack. All appointments must be scheduled at time of purchase. Reservations are required along with hard start and stop times.


Prerequisite: Meet & Greet
Instructor: By Request of First Available

2020 Dates & Times:

By Appointment


Study Halls

$65 each

Description: Study Halls are small group lessons for dogs and owners to partake in. There is freedom to decide the curriculum based on the needs of the dogs or owners who attend. They’re close knit personalized groups. These can be used for several reasons:

  • extra practice
  • obedience refreshers
  • learning more complex obedience in different environments
  • different people as well as mixing it up with different dogs
  • controlled group practice/training for canine good citizen certificate or other sporting trials

Prerequisite: Completion and Passing of Intermediate Obedience Level 2 or Trainer recommendation AND one (1) private lesson.  Minimum Two (2) dogs and Maximum Five (5) dogs.
Instructor: By Request of First Available

2020 Dates & Times:

By Appointment